The interest our readers showed in our “Best Looking Retro Standard“ article (we now have over 200 comments posted) made me think about the impact the look and feel of internal combustion motors has had on motorcyclists. Specifically, if the future means that the engines driving motorcycles and scooters forward are electric, with the look of a battery pack and the feel of a spinning top without the pulse of periodic combustion, what will that mean?
We are all drawn to things we are familiar with that made us comfortable or brought us pleasure in the past. The beat of our mother’s heart first and foremost. The look and feel of our first motorcycle as we walked up to it, and then felt it alive between our legs.
The “retro” bikes we admire might someday be illegal or simply impractical. The type of fuel available might change, or traditional gasoline might simply become too expensive.
Much of what we love about motorcycles will have to be redefined . . . but the “heartbeat” or “pulse” of the internal combustion engine will be difficult to replace.